Six bookish links for the week:
But first! Kindle editions of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther are on sale today. Get the first volume free and pick up the next two for $0.99. (My review of volume one will be posted soon.) Now, on to the links…
by Nelson Mandela, 1994
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
“The bold man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Well, this is a hilarious interlude for the week. Not down with all the lovey-dovey stuff? Check out the Nope Tag! Thank you so much to Lucinda at Lucinda is Reading for tagging me!
See the original tag here.
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
The Couple Next Door. It was just stupid. It wasn’t shocking or surprising, just stupid.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Heathcliff and Catherine of Wuthering Heights, aka Terrible People Being Terrible to Each Other. In what way, exactly, is this #relationshipgoals?
3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
The Millennium Trilogy. I haven’t been silent about how I feel about this work. I don’t plan on reading the final installment.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
I was never Team Katniss or Team Peeta. I was Team Katniss-Make-Up-Your-Goddamned-Mind-And-Move-On.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
Atonement. I know that this book is critically acclaimed, but I just hated the twist at the end. I felt like I had gone through the whole story for nothing.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.
Stealing Lucinda’s answer here: “Yes I will go on a date with you Christian Grey, you sexy control freak abuser you.”
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
There’s no genre I’ll never read, but I’m not a big fan of fantasy or romance…or fantasy/romance.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
The ones with too small print and too small margins. I distinctly remember not reading a book for one of my classes because I couldn’t deal with the print.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
The “she’s a girl, he’s a guy, so they must get together” trope. News flash: people of the opposite sex can exist around each other without trying to take their pants off.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
I will never read The Lord of the Rings. Stop trying to tell me I should.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
When female characters exist only to move the male characters’ plots forward. See: The Shadow of the Wind.
12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.
Stealing Lucinda’s answer for this one, too: Ron Weasley. He and Hermione had no chemistry. They were fine as friends and should have stayed that way. (Also: Christian Grey.)
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
I don’t remember which book it was, but I was reading one of Augusten Burroughs’s books and came to a part where he claimed that male baldness was more traumatic than breast cancer. I had to fight the urge to throw the book to the other side of the train.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Does Christian Grey count?
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Is it bad that I can’t think of a single one? I’m sure that says something about me…
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
Sorry, but I don’t think Andy Weir is nearly as clever as he feels the need to explain to us he is. I will probably not read anything else he will ever write.
So, my lovelies – what books and characters make you ride out of town with the flames of NOPE in your wake?
by Ali Smith, 2017
Winter is the second book in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet, and I excitedly picked up my hold from the library the same week it was published. Following the same style of writing as Autumn, Winter is a meandering tale that ponders the meaning of familial connections and art. In her 70s, Sophia is mildly disconcerted to see a head floating about and following her throughout her house. She is a prim sort of woman, taking pride in her otherwise perfect vision and her standing as a “Corinthian account holder” at her bank. Things start to unravel when the head will simply not go away and a Christmas dinner forces Sophia to confront her feelings about long-estranged members of her family.
Six bookish links for the week:
by Madeleine L’Engle, 1973
narrated by Jennifer Ehle
This is the book that taught me the word “mitochondria”!
In this second installment of the Time Quintet, we find Meg Murry worried about her younger brother Charles Wallace. He’s being bullied at school over his intelligence and his penchant for speaking about complex subjects like an adult. At home, Charles Wallace is seeing dragons in their back yard, and he and Meg discover some unusual feathers. Meanwhile, Charles Wallace appears to be getting sicker and sicker, suffering from some sort of malady that affects his breathing. Their microbiologist mother believes it may be a disorder of his mitochondria and their farandolae. Later, Meg teams up with Calvin O’Keefe, and the two engage in a cosmic battle involving good and evil and a Fantastic Voyage-like journey inside Charles Wallace to save his life.
by Celeste Ng, 2017
I loved Everything I Never Told You, so I was supremely excited to get my hands on Celeste Ng’s second novel. Like her debut, Little Fires Everywhere focuses on suburban life, both the promise that it holds and the prison that it can become. Elena Richardson has a seemingly idyllic life with her husband Bill in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Bill is a successful attorney, Elena is a respected local journalist, and their four high school-aged children – Lexie, Trip, Moody, and Izzy – complete this portrait of a perfect American family. Well, except for Izzy who, at the beginning of the novel, has set fires in each of the bedrooms of the Richardson home. Izzy has always been Mrs. Richardson’s greatest struggle and she will be her ultimate undoing.